Brighten a monochrome scheme with colour

Add a burst of colour to your monochrome decorating scheme - go for bold, zesty lime, warm orange or soft neutrals for a timeless design

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Create blocks of colour by choosing unfussy modern furniture shapes that show off your combination. Chair in Charcoal and Polar; footstool in Apple, all polyester velvet fabric, all £23 per m, from the Altea collection at Clarke & Clarke

A white wallpaper with a black motif, teamed with a

Create a focal point with this ornate mirror. Vetyver Green mirror, with resin frame, (H)151x

Repeat the same tile design in black, white and lime for a pulled-together look in the bathroom, and use the accent colour as a backdrop to a freestanding bath. Nordic Capture rectified ceramic wall tiles, (W)29.8x(L)89.5cm, £83.30 per m2, Aparici 



Warm Orange

Make your monochrome scheme pop with this citrus shade – use it liberally or draw attention to design features with subtle highlights. 

Image above: Magnify the effect of your colour pop by using it for a large piece, such as a sofa, against a backdrop of white walls. Smile small sofa in Marmalade cotton combination, (H)101x(W)157x(D)81cm, £1,165, Sofas & Stuff

Orange looks fantastic in a black-and-white scheme and, in its brightest incarnations, has the retro feel that’s on-trend this season. Consider using darker tones of the colour as well as psychedelic 1960s and 1970s versions, though, as they will still introduce warmth and life.

‘The key to working with orange is knowing where and how to use it,’ says Phoebe Oldrey, founder of Smartstyle Interiors, which provides bespoke interior design services. ‘Its invigorating colour will not only energise a room, but will also transform the mood of a space with its feel-good ambience.

‘If you’re combining black, white and orange in a bedroom, keep orange minimal – in accessories such as cushions, a vase or a lampshade – for a relaxed night’s sleep, and use black and white as the main colours. Orange makes an impact even in small doses. 

‘For other areas of the home, one key focal point, such as a stylish sofa or statement fabrics, will uplift the decorating scheme. 

‘Block shapes in intense shades of orange work particularly well for furniture in a monochrome scheme, but you can explore and play around with colour clashes using fabrics, while introducing tactile textures and patterns.’


Opt for bedlinen incorporating a neon graphic motif on the reverse and you can show a flash or a big

This maze-like geometric design is ideal to bring colour to a monochrome dining space or living room. Hepburn wallpaper in Light London Red, £57.50 per roll,

You can keep a monochrome scheme bright with a sunny accent shade, high-gloss black pieces and

 If you’re using black and white in an open-plan or large living area, include citrus accents in statement pieces, such as lighting or a rug, for a cosier feel. Arched basswood shutter with 63mm louvres in Storm, from £640 per m2 for shaped shutters, Santa Fe Shutters 

Timeless neutrals

Use off-white shades to add warmth and luxury to your monochrome space, and include tactile textures for a cosy feel. 

Image above: Include areas of neutral wood in furniture and flooring to give a black-and-white room scheme a warmer, traditional twist. Wall painted in PJ 9676 Biora Balance Luxury matt interior paint, £40 for 2.7 litres, Pride & Joy

For a contemporary look, black and white teamed with neutrals is a winning combination. Stylish in an understated way, it has a classic heritage, but, if you keep the lines of your room modern, the scheme won’t risk appearing dated. Introduce neutral elements via flooring or furniture, as well as smaller pieces, and look to designs that include the three within a pattern, too.

‘The beauty of a black-and-white interior scheme is its versatility, as monochrome can achieve a number of statement looks, from Parisian Art Deco to minimalism,’ says Anita Kohn, director of luxury interior design, build and architectural firm Living In Space.

‘Stick to a minimalist theme by complementing a white background with key pieces of furniture or art in moody black hues. When juxtaposed with a neutral canvas, a sleek black sofa and matching accessories, such as vases or photo frames,will add drama,’ she adds.

‘For a subtle effect, incorporate warm white hues into the room, such as cream or sand, which will add a sense of luxury, too. Or, warm up your monochrome space with accessories such as velvet cushions, a sheepskin rug or a chunky knit throw.’


Curtains made from Isamu 100 per cent cotton weave fabric in 130754, £34 per m; blind made from Takumi 100 per cent cotton weave fabric

Patterned tiles add pretty detail to a wall in a wipe-clean finish. Yamina ceramic tiles in Light and Bold, (W)20x(L)20cm, £57.89 for a pack of six; Prismatics ceramic tiles in black, (W)10x(L)20cm, £42.12

Give a black-and-white bedroom a feminine edge

Set this lamp on a wood desk or side table for task lighting. Quad table light in weathered brass, (H)69.5x(W)29x(D)29cm, £629, Davey Lighting